As a devoted advocate for education, I am determined to witness the future generation flourish in all aspects of life. In today’s fast-paced world, the prevalence of negative peer pressures in the digital realm, today’s youths can easily be led astray  and this has made it all the more critical to take action and work towards a more sustainable future for our youths. With a resolute spirit, I registered as a Grassroot development champion at DO Take Action, ready to create positive change starting from one child at a time. My focus was set on the vibrant Yarkade 1 Community.

As I stepped into the Yarkade 1 Community, I was welcomed with warmth and curiosity. The children’s eager faces fueled my determination to empower them with the tools they needed to navigate the challenges of the modern world. Conversations began, and I dived into discussing vital topics such as career goals, personal hygiene, mental health, and the pursuit of quality education. The digital shift had opened up numerous opportunities for them, but it also brought the risk of negative influences.

As discussions delved deeper, I stressed the importance of moral values. I urged the children to stay away from social vices like drugs, prostitution, and negative peer groups, which could jeopardize their promising futures. Together, we explored the significance of ethical choices, empathy, and respect for one another, fostering a supportive environment where everyone could thrive.

Recognizing that the journey towards a better future involved the active participation of parents, I engaged them in open dialogues. I encouraged them not to shy away from educating their children on moral values and sex education. By breaking the barriers of communication, we addressed teenage pregnancy concerns and highlighted the essential role parents play in shaping their children’s character and aspirations.

The advocacy proved to be an enlightening seminar for all involved. The children and parents shared their dreams, aspirations, and a vision for a brighter community. Witnessing the teenagers passionately choosing their career paths and understanding the positive impact they could make left me profoundly inspired.

As the project reached its conclusion, we distributed sanitary pads, notebooks, and pens to the children. It was heartening to see their excitement, knowing that these simple tools held the potential to unlock their potential. A total of 50 children from 25 households participated and benefited from the initiative.

The project’s impact extended beyond the children; it reached the very fabric of the Yarkade 1 Community. The parents, predominantly farmers, recognized the value of education and pledged to prioritize their children’s learning journeys. Their commitment reflected a united effort towards a more prosperous and enlightened society.

As I reflect on the journey, I am humbled by the transformative power of education and advocacy. Connecting with the Yarkade 1 Community and witnessing the growth of its children has reaffirmed my dedication to empowering the younger generation. Together, we are sowing the seeds of a promising future, where education, resilience, and moral values stand as pillars of a thriving community. As we take on one child at a time, we shape a collective destiny that embraces positivity, progress, and a world of endless possibilities.

Esther Williams Deshi
(Grassroot Development Champion)